Sunday, April 17, 2011

It was one of many special memories that we all hold dear in our hearts today.  Memories of times spent together over the years.  Three ladies who were born in the 1930s, who grew up together, got married within a few years of each other, and had daughters within a few years of each other.  The three ladies and their husbands raised families, became empty nesters and continued to grow older together.  They sometimes vacationed together, they ate some dinners together, and they shared life experiences together.

Here they are, the three mothers and their daughters spending the evening together at a most special tea party and dinner a few years ago.  Oh, what a wonderful time they all had, eating, sharing, laughing and relaxing.
On Saturday, one of the mothers, the one in the beautiful soft turquoise jacket on the right, passed away unexpectantly.  We are all in disbelief that such a vibrant, warm, caring, genuine and young 70 something lady could leave so quickly, without any warning.  My mother and her at spent the day together on Tuesday with never a thought that it would be the last time they would be together on this earth.
This week will be so different that any of us had planned.  Our dear friend will be missed more than we can express, but we know that we will see her again, someday, in heaven.  Until then, we will carry on with the sadness of her absence with us.

That tea party remains a special memory in our hearts, but now it has become a more treasured memory than ever.  Treat those you love with kindness and love for you never know when it will be the last time you see them on this earth.


Debbie said...

Please let me say how sorry I am for the loss of your dear friend. You're right, we rarely recieve notice that someone is leaving us. I was just thinking about that during church today. We've been in the same church now for over 16 years, and many there have become like family. So many dear elderly people who have loved us, supported and encouraged us and our kids; we will be losing each of those dear saints sooner than we would desire I'm sure. I want to be sure and let each of them know what they mean to us.
We're in a bad habit of being busy and thinking that we will have time later for this and that, but I've come to view 'busyness' as a habit. A life style. It robs us of time to do those things that, as they say, really aren't THINGS.
Thanks for the gentle reminder.

lindsey said...

So sorry to hear the sad news of your friend....I will be praying that you, your mother and friends will know Gods peace throughout the days to come. And yes as you say we are to treasure the special times that we have together.

Miss Debbie said...

So sorry for your loss. So glad you can live with hope of seeing her again.

Happy@Home said...

Oh, Judy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear family friend. I am especially thinking about your mother as I can't imagine how shocking that must be to her after having just been with her friend.
Your message at the end of this post is so true. Thank you for this reminder.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

LisaShaw said...

Hi Judy,

Beautiful, beautiful -- photos and memories shared! Thank you for sharing with us.

I pray that you and your family are doing wonderfully well in the LORD.

I love you.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

What a blessing to have good memories of one who passes away and to know when each of your times come she will be there to greet you in heaven.

corners of my life said...

Life is so fragile - a reminder to spend each day in a meaningful way. My thoughts are with you [and your mom].

Christine said...

I'm sorry for your loss.
I read a quote and it is a twist on another quote.

"Treat others as if were their last day."

I sounds like you, your mom and your friends did just that.

Judy said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Judy! May the good memories be a you...and to your mom.

Lovella ♥ said...

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. Such unexpected passings are such a shock. How wonderful to have special memories. ..
Hugs my friend.

Jul Hoober said...

What a beautiful post; honoring to our dear friend! What a rich heritage she left with many blessings that passed on to all of us. On we tread in this world, remembering her faithfulness and challenged to do likewise for our Saviour!

love to you & many prayers as well.

Jul Hoober said...

Dear friend,
What a beautiful post of our dear friend! What a faithful testimony she left to all who knew her of what a Christian looks like.
She will be remembered forever for the grace in which she served our Saviour; leaving a challenge to all to do likewise.
love & prayers,

Stacey said...

Judy, I'm back-tracking a little on your posts today to say I'm sorry for your loss. Time passes by, doesn't it?

p.s.phyllis sews said...

So sorry to hear of your loss.
May your loss and grief be softened with God's grace in the next several days and weeks as you 'celebrate' Easter and the great promise we have because of the resurrection.

God knows all about your grief.
Thank goodness for those very precious grandkids!

Sheryl said...

So very sorry for your loss. I imagine this week has been filled with every possible emotion.

What great memories you have to cherish. We never know when God will call us home. A reminder I needed today.

Love you...


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